Baseball: Thunder punch 14 hits, beat Spectrum 13-5

The Zimmerman Thunder got 14 hits from nine different players and outlasted the Spectrum Sting 13-5 on Monday in Zimmerman.

The Thunder (3-1) and Sting (1-2) were meeting for the first time. Spectrum was moved up to Class 2A this year and placed in Zimmerman’s section.

Taylor Snow went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. The balanced attack also had Craig Steiskal 2-for-5 (two doubles), Mack Riley 2-for-3 (two walks, RBI, two runs), Riley Graham 2-for-5 (two RBI), and Austin Tretbar 2-for-3 (two runs). Mitch Mossman, Zach Ruprecht and Devin Quigley each had a hit and RBI, and Dane Werner had a hit and scored three runs.

Ruprecht pitched four innings to get the win. Snow pitched two innings and Steiskal one. They had a combined six-hitter with three walks and six strikeouts.

Spectrum had a 3-0 lead before the Thunder scored four runs in the third and seven in the fourth.

“Our pitching was not as effective early today,” said Thunder coach Chris Riley. “We were leaving pitches over the plate when we were ahead in the count, and Spectrum peppered the ball around in the first inning. Our guys kept good composure and focus and by the second time around in our order we hit the ball well.”

John Brand, Spectrum starter, took the loss, giving up 11 runs (eight earned) in 3 2/3 innings although he struck out seven. Luke Nolden finished with 2 2/3 innings (two runs, four strikeouts).

Nolden was 2-for-3 (RBI), Austin Kurilla 2-for-3 (double, RBI) and Thomas Ogren 2-for-4.

The Sting will have their first home game at the new Spectrum Sports Complex against St. Croix Prep on Tuesday. Zimmerman will host Mora.